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Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

The prison system in this country is a horrible problem already. The United States has more prisoners per citizen than ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH.

I guess the next thing they will start are wars to kill off all of the "undesirables" using a religion that was copied from a native people of the middle east...

In Columbia the politicians and businessmen do satanic magic rituals all together while claiming to be Israelites of the bible in secret using torches, cloaks, and group chanting out in the woods..

The truth is BOEING, LOCKHEED MARTIN, and Xe services are all enslaving the planet by causing wars to sell more weapons.

The airport when you fly back to the USA from other countries looks like a concentration camp prison with barbed wire fence everywhere and intense security checks...

That is not how it is in other countries until the USA threatens them and causes destruction to their businesses. Ayn RAND CALLED IT FAIR COMPETITION, but that was before a sigma six accounting principle became the norm.

Corporates use your google access to build your world around you like DISNEYLAND (where they learn the tricks of being persuasive aka "mind control").

Sex sells, addictive chemicals sprayed in our food like corn syrup! The united states processed food is GARBAGE just like what they feed the inmates, but with less corn syrup as punishment.

The FORTUNE 500 corporate bosses don't want the American people to all realize that they are watched over and controlled like PROPERTY through an organization strictly based on MASS PRODUCTION.

Dude, You realize your writing articles to a bunch of people that have to put the blinders on to sleep at night right?

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Posted by zee on July 24, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

Tom Martin - Most minor crimes already have no bail requirements and defendants are release of their own recognizance. But could you please tell us how much the judge should reduce the bail of a suspected child murder if the individual has little or no money? And if the person has no money, does it really matter if a bail of $500,000 is dropped to $250,000? Generally, an individual charged with first degree murder will be held without bond pending trial. Bail is not and never has been based on the "ability to pay". Reasonable bond is not to be denied any defendant; however, what is reasonable depends on the charge and the likelihood someone may flee, not how much money they have.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 23, 2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

This bail system is ridiculous. For one thing, a large percentage of murder suspects are guilty, so for our safety, they should not be released on bail, no matter if they can pay millions in bail. Similarly with rape suspects and child molestation suspects. On the other hand, those suspected of minor crimes, misdemeanors, should just be trusted that hopefully they will show up for the trial and not disappear. After all, if they are convicted, they might spend only a few months or a few weeks in prison. Or if we want to keep the bail system, then make it proportionate to the suspect's amount of wealth and amount of income, so even the very poor can afford to pay the bail.

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Posted by Tom Martin on July 23, 2017 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?

you worry about being able to raise them to be good men- because you cannot know how. your worries are justified. only a good man can raise a good man. or the cruelties of a world filled with evil can provoke a man to change it. but a woman can never raise a boy to be a good man. she can only raise a boy to be a good boy.

Posted by Mike Commings on July 21, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

"How could 30 days of a human life be equal to $500 to our government?"

"We...make contracts with companies to sell our lives on an hourly basis."

"the government mirrors federal standards and says human lives are worth at least $7.25 per hour."

"the trouble with reducing the value of human lives to a minimum dollar amount does not stop at the debate over idealism versus the "real world.""

I've heard my fair share of Marxist proletariat claptrap, but never so clumsily expressed. In what world of yours does the US or SC governments determine or dictate human value? We're not in Iran nor some banana republic. You rise or fall on your own individual choices, merits, and endeavors in this society, and you determine your own value. I also doubt you have any police friends.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on July 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

He is just a token race baiter for the CCP. If he was a real journalist he wouldn't write for the city paper. If he wrote anything other than crazy theories on race they wouldn't keep him on.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on July 20, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

As usual you throw out hair-brained statements without understanding why something as simple as a litter laws are in place. $500 fine or 30 days? You're confusing the loss of a persons time with somehow the government placing value on human life. (You have choices, litter or not, pay a fine or waste 30 days). But what can be expected from someone who views everything through the lens of social justice warrior glasses and hears dog whistles everywhere?

As for Mr. Wrights case, high bail is typical with those charged with 1st degree child murder. Are you seriously suggesting that we significant reduce or eliminate bail for those charged with the same or similar offenses? Or on the reverse, perhaps eliminate the bail altogether for everyone? Reasonable bail as a proven and reliable method of securing defendants show up in court goes back 2000 years, but then I assumed you knew that, the rest of us do. And, if as you say, the police were negligent in clearing Mr. Wright of these charges in a timely manner, we have a healthy civil court system which will rectify the situation significantly in his favor.

More importantly, in what seems to be the norm with your opinion pieces, you throw out mindlessly theories unsubstantiated by facts, without attempting to think through what you've written. I initially though it was purposeful, now I realize its just ignorance. While we all can agree that police should get better pay, I find your schizophrenic lurches in editorializing bizarre. Last week you were screeching about a racial motivated crime committed by a poorly trained, over reacting Hispanic Minnesota cop who killed a black motorist and linked it to the actions of Confederate neo-secessionists, this week you're theorizing that if that same officer had just a little more jingle in his pocket he would have enforce the law better. You have to be one of the most manic, inconsistent, scatter-shot writers that I've ever read.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 19, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

I don't know why we're "Charleston Strong". Mainly, somebody came up with it and it seemed to strike a chord with everybody else, probably led by the preternaturally gracious response of the grieving families. K.J. Kearney might not be old enough to remember when something that happened to black people did not trouble the minds of white people in Charleston, but I am. In the past, it would have been a "well, that's their problem" attitude and "they" better not make too much of a fuss about it, if they knew what was good for them. I think the fact that whites and blacks felt like this was outrageous to murder innocent people in their church, of all places, rather than it just being the "problem" of the bereaved families and the black community did show us to be a little "stronger" as a community than we were in other times. I've often felt that, if we could get beyond seeing each other as "black" or "white" most of the time, we could see each other as fellow Americans and citizens of this country. In this case, that happened. People who never met the victims of this crime were horrified. People who did know them were devastated. Without regard for race. I like his substitutions for #charlestonstrong; I don't have a particular love for it and those are just as good as any. I just don't see what his problem is.

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Posted by Gloria B. Jenkins on July 14, 2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

see earlier comment

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 13, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

I usually agree with Kearney...i dont this time. CharlestonStrong, in my opinion simply & gracefully meant that we(the community) refused to let racism win. I think the argument is much ado about nothing.

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Posted by jtred98 on July 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

I'm just amused that CP keeps printing Kearney's racist diatribes

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

I have to say, I am blown away by the community here who did not do something that so many other communities have done. After two tragic and separate race related murders in such a short period of time, the Charleston community did not riot. They did not burn their own homes, stores and streets. They did not loot their own shops. They did not harm each other or the police when so many other communities across the country have done so. And there were so many of these riots, we could name them and even forget severs and the list would be large. I hate to say that a lack of a riot is strong, but in comparison, I find the community's restraint, incredibly strong.

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Posted by Tony Gsroso on July 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

charleston will become strong when the institutionalized and overt racism of the south is no longer prevalent here.

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Posted by Manuel on July 13, 2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

"You're not supposed to give yourself a nickname," then the author proceeds to suggest we give ourselves a new catch phrase. I thought the "Charleston strong" thing was trite and contrived when it first appeared and has been mostly meaningless ever since.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on July 12, 2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?


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Posted by Sarah Jones on July 12, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

I think "Charleston Strong" was a rallying cry and word of encouragement during the emotional shell shock of the heinous act this young man committed. While we in the community can never begin to fathom the pain felt by those who lost loved ones, the community was grieving in an enormous way. "Charleston Strong" was a way to acknowledge that grief, to urge the community to hold onto the thought that there is still good in the world, and to channel that grief into positive action, for each of us to do what we can to be part of the healing.

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Posted by Toni Carrier on July 12, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “How is Charleston Strong?

Why did the police buy Roof a burger? The reason is fairly simple and has nothing to do with being nice to this POS. It's the same reason suspects and prisoners in custody aren't beaten by honest law enforcement.

The police are not judges, prosecutors nor prison wardens. Their job is to enforce the law and if criminals are apprehended, to do nothing that would botched the case for the successful prosecution of the suspect. Police misconduct and mistreatment of prisoners in their care is one the primary reasons criminals have successfully walked on charges or had those charges significantly reduced. Think that's a reach in this case? Think again. Currently there are are multiple lawsuits, several having been successful, by the ACLU (and CAIR) regarding meals served to suspects / inmates being not Kosher, not Islamic, not properly prepared, prepared with the wrong ingredients (too much soy), etc., etc. with these actions being deemed as "cruel and unusual punishment" The fact is that if under the same circumstances, the police had a Muslim suspect in their care and they had refused to feed him the cries of police brutality based on religious intolerance and maltreatment of a prisoner in their custody would have been taken the focus off the actual crime.

If the police had been foolish enough to not feed this POS as is required by law, the possibility of a mistrial based on mistreatment of this POS would most certainly have been raised by his attorneys, and could have very well that changed the outcome of the sentencing if not the verdict. In which case, the hue and cry of articles and opinion pieces regarding the stupidity of the police to do something as simple as buying this POS a burger would be a weekly norm at the CCP.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 12, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Philando, Folly, and Flags

Oh yea, also I'm back. Guess who's back, back again.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on July 9, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Philando, Folly, and Flags

Lisa is quite right. At what point is enough enough? At what point do we cross the line from politically correct and become the Karma Police? In my eyes the South lost and losers do not get to fly the losing flag, but hey, that's just my OPINION. The flag is offensive to many and I cringe when I see it, (the banjo theme from deliverance always plays softly in my mind when I see the goobers with the flag.) HOWEVER, it is these groups right under the first amendment to fly it and I support the first amendment. I do not have to agree with anyone's ideology or beliefs and I can even find it repellant but I will support their right to have their beliefs in the USA. As for the Confederate statues being removed, I wonder where we stop there as well. George Washington owned slaves, quite a few of them actually and married into owning even more of them. Do we now demand the removal of the Washington monument?? Should it be renamed? (maybe to the pointy dick of DC) Do we insist that every high school in America named after Washington change its name because its just glorifying a man who was a slave owner? How about Washington DC? Do we rename it too? I mean come on, its named after a man who was a slave owner. Right? Right? At what point do we stop? How about that randy old goat Tommy Jefferson. Over his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson owned over six hundred slaves. Lets erase his name from every public building, high school and University too. Right? I mean fairs fair. All that aside, the folly boat should be for Happy B'days, remembering lost loved ones and saying Happy Mothers day to lowcountry Moms, not for political or religious messages of any type.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on July 9, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Philando, Folly, and Flags

As for the direction of the crooked cross and you saying that the Indians use it solely in an opposite way from the Nazis, you're completely wrong. You're confusing the the left-facing sauwastika with the right-facing swastika. Both are still widely used on the Indian subcontinent today by Hindu and Buddhists. The left-facing is more commonly used in Buddhism than Hinduism and the right-facing is more commonly used in Hinduism than Buddhism. Facts are stubborn things.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on July 9, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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